PARIS (CBS / AP) — A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded on Sunday. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.
Lamya Bouyirdane told The Associated Press on Monday that she noticed the phone was very hot after she asked her four-year-old son to pass it over during a family gathering at her home. She said she threw the phone away when she realized it had “swollen up” and smoke was coming out.READ MORE: Support Builds for KPIX Reporter Targeted in YouTuber's Racist Remarks
“I panicked when I saw the smoke and I had the reflex to throw it away,” said Bouyirdane, a mother of three in the southwestern French city of Pau.
The phone then caught fire and the back blew off. Her partner quickly extinguished it.READ MORE: Prop Gun Fired by Alec Baldwin on Movie Set Kills Cinematographer, Wounds Bay Area Director
Bouyirdane said she bought the phone new last June on a website offering discounts. She said she will sue Samsung.
The South Korean company recently recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones globally because of a problem that caused the batteries to overheat and catch fire.
Samsung did not immediately respond to an email from the AP seeking comments following the latest incident.MORE NEWS: Former Oakland Police Captain Wounded During Fatal Shooting At Gas Station
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